• Indigo votes for marriage equality

    SUPPORT: Yackandandah’s James Trenery, Indigo Valley’s Diane Shepheard, Rutherglen’s Sophie Price, and Beechworth’s Bernard Gaffney, Larry Goldsworthy and Jenny O’Connor. (Not pictured: Chiltern councillor Barb Murdoch.)

    THE small council of Indigo last night became what is thought to be the first rural municipality in Victoria’s North East formally to support marriage equality.

    Beechworth councillor, former mayor and serving police sergeant Larry Goldsworthy won the votes of four other councillors for a four-part motion which opened with a simple proposition – that Indigo council supports marriage equality.

    Newly-elected Indigo Valley councillor Diane Shepheard seconded the move and Chiltern’s Barb Murdoch and Sophie Price and mayor Jenny O’Connor, from Beechworth, voted with Cr Goldsworthy.

    Wooragee councillor Bernard Gaffney and Yackandandah councillor James Trenery opposed the motion.

    The pair earlier in the first ordinary meeting of the new-term council attempted to have debate deferred.

    But they were defeated when their procedural motion was put to the vote.

    “Leadership is not about doing what is popular,” Cr Goldsworthy said.

    “It’s about doing what is right.”

    Cr Shepheard hoped the vote answered all in the community who supported and sought marriage equality.

    “It’s says to all of us: ‘We’re in the right place’,” Cr Shepheard said.

    The successful resolution requires the mayor to write to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to encourage him to offer parliamentarians a conscience vote on marriage equality.

    Any correspondence about the issue is also to be provided to Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi).

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